Originally Posted by Catbird
I agree with you - especially about the grey hairs!
I will say, between one thing and another, that watch list is getting pretty damn long.
No kidding. Sometimes I wonder if, in some ways, we know just enough to be dangerously inclined to scare ourselves to death? We can see bacteria now & with electon microscopy, see viruses as well. We can study the genetics past & present. We know enough to recognize the RISKS implied by certain sorts of microbial evolution. We know enough to know that there's a whole lot we don't know know including no doubt, crucial keys to a pandemic launching itself. And that is indeed scary as hell.
But balancing all that off - as a species we've been around a long time & have survived a number of pandemics of different origin. And we remain.
I just don't think, in spite of all our concern, that relatively high pandemics are that easy to get going.